An Islington man was found with a gunshot wound to his back on Monday after he accidentally shot himself. According to multiple reports, he was on the way to perform a robbery in north London.
Police suspect that while the man was riding his moped, the gun in his backpack was triggered and he was shot in the back. A man on another scooter is believed to have picked up the gun and driven away.
Dry cleaner employee Sumaira Naeem said the shot man walked into her Essex Road shop and begged for help.
“He showed me a hole in his back,” Naeem said, “but there wasn’t a lot of blood everywhere like you would think.”
Naeem immediately called for help. A few minutes into the conversation, the man took the phone from her and pleaded for an ambulance to be sent quickly.
The incident occurred just days after an 18-year-old man lost his hand in an axe attack just two streets over. While some have suggested that the events are connected, police have denied the accusations.
“Islington is a safe borough,” Islington Council Cabinet member Paul Convery said, “and we’re determined to keep it that way.”